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Memorial for Robert T. Trouse

Born in Totowa Borough, NJ on May 18, 1941
Died on Feb. 17, 2017 and resided in Fredon Township, NJ.
 
Memorial Service: Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017
11:30 am
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Bob Trouse was an uncommon man. He marched to the beat of his own drum. He was ethical, responsible, a caring gentleman who prided himself on being able to connect people for their benefit. He was courageous and not afraid to stand up to anyone. He was the son of the late Dominic and Marcella (Henry) Trouse. He is survived by his life partner, Maya Ollson, and her daughter, Roileigh Ollson, his son, Brian De Bree and wife Jennifer, grandson, Nicolas De Bree, sisters, Marcella (Trouse) Kelleher and Rosemarie (Trouse) Goetsch, and his death at 75 was preceded by his brother, Dominic Trouse Jr., and brother-in-laws, Gerard Kelleher and William Goetsch. His family includes sister-in-law, Patricia (Henderson) Trouse, nephews, Robert Jaretsky and wife, Sybil, Scott Trouse and wife, Kim, Glenn Trouse, nieces, Kim Lubba, Cheryl Celli and husband, Michael, Heather Baribault and husband, Jack, six great nephews, four great nieces, and several aunts and cousins.

Raised in Totowa Borough, he resided in Fredon Township for 30 years. As a boy Bob was active in Boy Scout Troop 26 from which he developed lifelong friendships. He graduated from Passaic Valley High School, and served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 to 1964 as a Sergeant and an aircraft and helicopter mechanic. He was honored twice as Airman of the Quarter but declined the third award so that someone else could be honored too. He attended Northrup Aviation School in California, was a member of the Paterson Skating Club, the Totowa Republican Organization, and especially enjoyed being a member of the College of Knowledge.

Bob was intellectually curious, well read, and a mechanical wizard. Give him a problem and if he didn't know the answer, he'd research it and figure it out. His talents were enjoyed by many employers including Ford Motor Company where he was the Quality Assurance Manager, Curtis Wright where he worked on the first hydrazine engine for a satellite's cargo bay doors, Mac Truck as an engineer, and he built and managed the Thermal Testing Lab for Bell Labs. In his spare time, Bob started and ran Trouse's Tree farm, selling shrubs and Christmas trees to the community. Bob was also very politically savvy and the right hand man for Anthony "Red" Murphy, Passaic County Party Chairman.

Bob passed away peacefully on February 17, 2017. He will be greatly missed. A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017, beginning at 11:30 am at the Stillwater Firehouse, 929 Stillwater Road, Newton, NJ. Cremation and scattering of ashes will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to any of Bob's favorite causes – he spoke "dog" and loved Labrador Retrievers, adopt a lab; his favorite tree was dawn redwood, plant a tree in his name; veterans, he was so proud of starting the Veteran Consumer Discount Card for Sussex County vets, help a vet; or donate to your favorite charity.

Arrangements are under the direction of Smith-McCracken Funeral Home, 63 High Street, Newton. Online condolences may be offered at www.smithmccrackenfuneralhome.com
  

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